Trayton Joiner, 2, was allegedly walking his female pit-bull mix dog along railroad tracks in southwestern Kentucky when he was struck and killed by a train on Monday.
According to Reuters, Jointer was taken to a local hospital by ambulance where he died. Hopkinsville Police spokesman Paul Ray told WKDZ radio station that the train engineer saw the dog first, and then the child with the dog, but was unable to stop before striking him.
The train had two locomotives and was pulling 106 empty coal cars. According to CSX Corp. spokesman Rob Doolittle, the train was traveling from Nashville, Tennessee to Madisonville, Kentucky.
Hopkinsville, where Joiner was killed, is about 70 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee.
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“It’s a tragic situation and our sympathies are with the family involved,” said Doolittle.
The dog was taken to Skyline Animal Clinic in Hopkinsville. She is expected to survive, according to clinic staff.
Hopkinsville Police Sergeant Martin Lopez said police officers have located the child’s mother and an investigation into the death is ongoing.
The Leaf-Chronicle reported police had to go door-to-door in order to find the child’s home. Authorities are unsure why the boy was alone and don’t know if he was simply following the dog around.